Still stuck on what to get the traveler in your life? Check out our 2016 holiday travel gift guide featuring the best gifts for travelers. From fun to functional, we rounded up some great gift ideas for travelers sure to fit any budget or style.
Best Gifts for Travelers
Keep digital devices and accessories organized with this handy electronics organizer.
Noise cancelling headphones are a must for for getting through a long flight. These Bose headphones are popular with frequent flyers but more affordable noise cancelling headphones are also available.
A Kindle Paperwhite is perfect for avid book readers who appreciate portability.
Travelers can keep smartphones safe with this waterproof case dry whether boating, fishing or just caught in the rain.
Charge devices on the go without having to wait around a power outlet with this external battery.
Protect electronics from power surges with the bonus of charging multiple devices at once thanks to 3 outlets and 2 USB ports.
Sharing is caring. A headphone splitter allows you to connect two headphones so a buddy can also enjoy your playlist.
8. GoPro HERO5
Active travelers can shoot their adventures with the newest version of this versatile camera.
9. Mirrorless Camera
Ditch the bulky DSLR without sacrificing quality. The Sony Alpha a6000 gets good reviews and is one of the more affordable options. If you’re looking to splurge, check out the Fujifilm X-T1, Sony Alpha A7ii, Panasonic Lumix GH4, Olympus OMD-Em5 Mark II, Panasonic DMC-G7.
The mini tripod is compatible with a DSLR, mirrorless, point and shoot and a smartphone. This gorillapod for smart phones comes with a bluetooth wireless remote for selfies and group photos.
11. Selfie Stick
Not everyone loves a selfie stick but they make great gifts for solo travelers or even pairs obsessed with getting the perfect couple shot.
Take better photos with a smartphone camera thanks to this fisheye, wide-angle, and macro lens kit.
Globetrotters can keep a fun record of their travels.
Perfect for aviation enthusiasts, an airport code throw pillow from Airport Tag is a quirky way to show some airport pride. Additional items with airport codes include mugs, pouches, tote bags and T-shirts.
Coasters provide a spot to rest drinks but the travel-theme will also remind them it is time to book their next trip.
16. Mini Cork Globe
Plot where you’ve been or where you plan to go.
The Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips not only makes a great coffee table book but also provides inspiration for future travels. If looking for a gift for an avid reader, here are 45 of the best travel books of all time.
A food subscription box that lets you sample different food or snacks from all over the world is a great gift for a traveling foodie. Good options include Try the World Food Box, Kitchen Table Passport and Universal Yums.
19. Luggage Tags
Fun luggage tags are an affordable and welcome gift for any traveler.
A journal is a great gift for travelers who still prefer jotting down notes and thoughts the traditional way. The travel-themed quotes in this hardcover version provide inspiration but you can check out simpler options here.
Compression socks don’t have to be ugly. Help your loved one prevent swelling and DVT with a fashionable and functional pair – this polka dot pair is especially stylish.
22. Passport Cover
Jet-setters will appreciate this airport stamp passport cover.
Think carry on only travelers don’t need a TSA approved lock? Think again. Locks are great for keeping belongings safe in the hotel but also if forced to gate check a bag.
25. Travel Wallet
Keep identity theft at bay with an RFID blocking wallet and passport holder.
An affordable alternative to noise cancelling headphones, earplugs are a must to tune out loud hotel neighbors, street noise and annoying airplane passengers.
A universal travel adaptor is a must for any international traveler.
A slim and portable electronic toothbrush will surely make them smile. Best of all, the powerful sonic toothbrush is available in a variety of designs (from classic solids to fun prints).
This travel inspired adult coloring book is relaxing and inspiring at the same time.
30. Laptop Sleeve
Protect your laptop on the road with a travel-inspired sleeve.
Keep toasty on flights with a scarf that has a hidden zip pocket to hold a smartphone, passport and money when traveling.
Update his toiletry bag to a lightweight version with waterproof lining.
34. Tie Case
Does the man in your life travel for work? This nifty tie case prevents creases and wrinkles while also saving luggage space.
35. Travel Jacket
Lightweight and breathable, this jacket has 13 (yes, 13) pockets to stash your gear.
36. Packing Cubes
A trusty time-saver, space-saver and sanity-saver.
BPA and PC-free tubes are soft and rugged, making it easy to squeeze out the contents when you want to.
Traveling to countries where the water is not safe for drinking? Save money and the environment by using this personal water filter over bottled water.
Avoid overweight bag fee surprises with a digital luggage scale.
Help make that cramped economy flight a little more bearable. This memory foam neck pillow will support a weary traveler’s head and help make those zzz’s easier to catch.
41. Water Bottle
This Klean Kanteen water bottle is double-wall vacuum insulated and leak-proof so you don’t have to worry about condensation or unexpected spills.
42. Laundry Bag
No one likes to mix dirty clothes with clean clothes while traveling. This cute laundry bag comes in 3 designs that travelers will love.
The quicker a towel dries, the sooner you can toss it in your luggage and be off on your next stop.
44. Dry Bag
Compact and suitable to keep contents dry in almost any wet situation.
The pocket-size system is the lightest “washing machine” around.
Let there be light. A headlamp is much more useful than a flashlight as you can still have two hands free.
Protect wine bottles and other valuable items with this trusty inflatable travel bag.
This mighty little bag is reusable, washable, adorable, folds down to practically nothing and can hold 50 lbs! Perfect for carrying groceries and souvenirs but cute enough to use as a day bag too. Comes in basic black as well as a variety of fun colors and prints.
Lightweight and portable, this hammock is a welcome spot for outdoor adventurers to rest.
50. Global Entry
51. Free Trip
The ultimate gift for any traveler is a free trip! Use your miles and points to book your loved one on a dream trip or even a hotel staycation near home. Our favorite points redemption was booking our mom on first class flights to Europe.
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